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Eye Health and Cognitive Function Linked to Lutein levels

Lutein is a supplement that should be taken as levels start to decline. It promotes good cognitive health as well as eye health.

I recently read an important article linking Lutein and brain function on Dr. Andrew Weil’s site. 

Dr. Weil states that “new research suggests that the higher your lutein levels at midlife, the more likely it is that your brain will work like a younger person’s as you get older.”

The study was conducted on 60 adults between the ages of 25 and 45. Participants had the lutein levels in their eyes measured. Next, electrodes placed on the scalp measured neural activity in the brain while the participants performed a task testing attention.

Results showed that the older study participants with higher levels of lutein had neural responses that were more like younger participants.

Study leader Anne Walk, University of Illinois, noted that new findings suggest that cognitive decline can start earlier than expected and that some differences show up in the 30s. She adds that lutein seems to have a protective role in this decline.

“As people get older, they experience typical decline,” said Dr. Anne Walk, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“However, research has shown that this process can start earlier than expected. You can even start to see some differences in the 30s.”

Most studies examining the effects of lutein have looked at its effects on eye health. The University of Michigan Health System points to one trial that found that supplementing with 15 mg of lutein three times a week for one year significantly improved visual function in subjects suffering from cataracts. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center reports that one trial study found that taking 10 mg a day resulted in improved vision in patients with macular degeneration.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of Lutein and find out which foods contain lutein.

Nordic Naturals PRO DHA EYEOne favorite supplement which we recommend to our clients is Nordic Naturals Pro DHA Eye. 

The fish oil in Pro DHA Eye provides an ideal delivery system for the lutein and zeaxanthin, and regular supplementation with Ultimate DHA Eye is a convenient way to achieve the combined benefits of these nutrients.

This formula contains 20 mg of Lutein.

Here’s Why CoQ10 is Good For You

Co Q10 is a powerful anti-aging supplement which protects the heart.Here’s why you need COQ10.

You may have heard that CoQ10 is beneficial for prevention and treatment of heart ailments.

But…. did you know that CoQ10 is also considered a powerful anti-aging nutrient.

What Does CoQ10 Do?

  • Improves cellular energy
  • Acts as an antioxidant
  • Boosts free radical-scavenging abilities
As an antioxidant, one of its primary purposes is to counteract free radicals, which are known for damaging cell membranes.

How does CoQ10 Work?

Our body converts Coenzyme















Q10 to ubiquinol.  Ubiquinol is the reduced version of coenzyme Q10. They’re actually the same molecule, but when CoQ10 is reduced it takes on two electrons, which turns it into what we call ubiquinol.

In your body, this conversion occurs thousands of times every second inside  the “engine” of each cell. This is how energy is produced.

When you have low amounts of CoQ10 you will very often have low energy and feel fatigued.

Unfortunately, our bodies’ ability to naturally produce CoQ10 steadily decreases over time.

By the time we hit 40, the amount has fallen so significantly that there is no practical diet conceivable to fill this critical nutrient void.

The healthcare community has touted ubiquinol as essential for good health. Many experts now believe that absorbing a sufficient amount of ubiquinol is a key link to how well we age and maintain our physical stamina. When our body’s supply of ubiquinol is lower, we tend to slow down, have less energy, and our heart and cardiovascular system are less well protected.

What about Statins?

Did you know that Statins, used to reduce your production of cholesterol,  lower your bodies natural production of CoQ10?

That is why supplementing with CoQ10 is essential to restore natural levels and to counter the effects of statin drugs.

Nordic Naturals has combined concentrated omega-3 fish oil and Coenzyme Q10 in their Pro Omega Formula. The Pro Omega CoQ10 offers the benefits of EPA and DHA from fish oil with the antioxidant CoQ10. Think of it as the two most important heart support nutrients in one high quality product.

 

Niacin is Great for Managing Cholesterol Balance

Niacin is good for your cholesterol

Did You Know That Niacin Can Improve Your Cholesterol Levels?

Niacin has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol levels. Taking niacin is regarded to be a natural way to lower LDL cholesterol levels without the unwanted side effects experienced with regular medications. Niacin supplements have been found to be as effective as, if not more effective than statin drugs in lowering bad cholesterol.

Niacin also aids in raising HDL cholesterol.

We recently read an interesting article from Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist who has an integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease.

He discussed the benefits of incorporating Niacin into your daily routine.

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Dr. Sinatra says, “It’s one of the best nutrients for raising HDL cholesterol. A research roundup completed by Mark Houston, M.D., from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, revealed that niacin increased HDL levels by 10 percent to 30 percent. Higher HDL levels leads to plaque regression. In fact, the higher your HDL levels, the greater the protection in your blood vessels.

  • Niacin does an excellent job of lowering the small, dense LDL cholesterol particles that can clog your arteries.
  • Niacin was shown to reduce triglycerides by 20 percent to 50 percent.
  • Niacin is the only nutrient that decreases dangerous Lp(a) cholesterol particles.

How much niacin should you take? Dr. Sinatra recommends for full vitamin B3 benefits, that you start with 250 mg of Niacin three times daily, and slowly work up to 1–3 grams in divided doses three times a day.

Low FODMAP Diet

Low Fodmap DietHere’s everything you need to know about the low FODMAP diet

I read a great post by Lucy Whigham telling you all you need to know about the low FODMAP diet. The FODMAP diet is one to really consider if you find that you have SIBO and need to be sure not to feed the overgrowth of bad bacteria that you’re trying to get rid of. It’s also a consideration for IBS and IBD.

What does low FODMAP mean?

The acronym refers to the foods that you need to cut out. They are Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols. These are naturally occurring sugars found in a wide range of foods we eat everyday.

Fermentable – meaning they are broken down (fermented) by bacteria in the large bowel
Oligosaccharides – “oligo” means “few” and “saccharide” means sugar. These molecules are made up of individual sugars joined together in a chain
Disaccharides – “di” means two. This is a double sugar molecule
Monosaccharides – “mono” means single. This is a single sugar molecule
Polyols – these are sugar alcohols (however, they don’t lead to intoxication!)

What happens is that they are not fully broken down during digestion and that’s why they can’t be completely absorbed in you body. Instead, they remain in the digestive tract where they are fermented by the gut bacteria.

The fermentation leads to production of gas which causes excessive bloating, gas, pain, cramping, and even gurgling.

The other thing that happens is that water accumulates in the digestive tract which can result in frequent bowel movements and even diarrhea.

They have found that following a low FODMAP, i.e. keeping away there particular fermentable carbohydrates, for about 4-6 weeks, it can help you regain control over your digestive symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Clinical trials show that a low FODMAP diet significantly improves the symptoms of IBS with 60% to 75% of people showing significant improvement in gut symptoms.

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which foods in particular make your symptoms worse. Sometimes a flare up can happen because of stress and anxiety. Sometimes its because of changes in gut bacteria. Sometimes, it’s because of what you’re eaten.

You can think about dividing the FODMAP Diet process into 3 stages.

1 Elimination phase. Remove high FODMAP foods for four to six weeks . Here is the list of foods from Joe Leech that you can eat.
2 Re-challenge phase. Reintroduce FODMAPs in a controlled way to be able to identify the foods that are causing your symptoms. Here is a reintroduction chart from Joe Leech you can follow.
3 Maintenance phase.

Low FODMAP Diet

Cut out all five families of fermentable carbohydrates:

Fructans – wheat, rye, onions, garlic, various other grains and vegetables

Galacto-oligosaccharides – beans and pulses

Polyols – certain fruit, certain artificial sweeteners

Fructose – various fruits, honey and agave nectar

Lactose – animal milks, yogurts and some cheeses.

What can you eat on a Low FODMAP Diet?

Carbohydrates like rice, oats, potatoes, quinoa and buckwheat

Proteins like meat, poultry, eggs and fish

Vegetables and salads that are allowed

Words of advice

  • Cook from scratch.
  • Read Labels. There are lots os no no’s in pre-packaged foods.
  • Check with your personal doctor or dietitian first.
  • Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and drink up.
  • Black coffee, black tea, peppermint tea, and green tea are very low FODMAP and okay to have with no milk.
  • Keep a food diary: Record each meal you had and if you experienced any undesirable symptoms after each meal or later that day. It helps you recognize triggers and later on for the reintroduction phase.

Low FODMAP Diet Resource

Here’s a great blog post from Positive HealthWellness to help you on your way.

 

Monash App

It’s only $11 to buy the Monash University FODMAPs app, available on iPhone and Android devices.They have a huge number of foods that have been tested for their FODMAP levels, as well as almost 100 original recipe ideas.

Perfect Food – Everything Your Body Needs

Perfect Food is Everything Your Body Needs

In an ideal world we’d all be eating the recommended 5-6 servings a day of fruits and vegetables to maintain optimal health. Studies have shown that this a key factor for healthy living and longevity.
You can get everything your body needs by taking Perfect Food on a regular basis.

Health Vegetables found in Perfect Food

With today’s hectic, fast – paced lifestyle this can be a challenge sometimes.

Did you know that about 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food is for processed foods?

They’re often fortified with nutrients but lack naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in fresh whole foods.

Even if you are eating a healthy diet, it’s not always possible to get all the vitamins, mineral and nutrients you need from your diet.

Modern-day diets are often lacking in nutrition, in large part because our food supply is not what it used to be.

Why is our food supply less nutritious?

  • genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • severely-depleted soil
  • processed foods are stripped of nutrients
  • pesticides in the food supply

How Can You Increase Vitamins, Minerals and Nutrients in Your Diet?

Greens supply a litany of micronutrients your body needs to function optimally. If you are not eating enough greens or simply want to kick start your energy or achieve diet goals, consider adding a green powder supplement to your daily routine.

This simple change will help shift your biochemistry so that you actually start craving more greens and less sugar and carbohydrates.

Perfect FoodOne of our favorites is Perfect Food from Garden of Life, originally formulated by Jordan Rubin. This formula is a balanced blend of nutrient dense, enzyme rich live foods including antioxidant green grasses, calcified red algae, sea vegetables, whole vegetables and their juices, sprouted grains, seeds and legumes.

THE BODY BENEFITS:

  • Helps Transport and Breakdown Cholesterol
    This is just one of the many roles of the Omega 3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids in this formula. The EFA’s also play a role in regulating blood pressure, hormone production, brain and nervous system function. And last but not least, they keep your cell membranes healthy.
  • Oxygenates Your Blood
    Certain greens are superfoods which have tremendous health benefits but we wouldn’t normally eat them. This formula contains spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and wheatgrass which aid in your bodies detox process.
  • Improves Digestion
    Cereal grasses support the growth of lactobacilli, the “healthy flora” bacteria that inhabit the digestive tract. It contains ten probiotic strains and delivers one billion live cells
  • Boosts Immune Function
    Each serving provides 100% Daily Value of Vitamin A, 83% vitamin C from natural sources, and over 15% of calcium from natural sources. It also contains spirulina, a super food for maximizing your immune system.
  • Boost Energy
    Overcome sluggish energy in no time with the power of organic greens and organic fruits.
  • Maintains pH Balance in Your Gut
    Greens promote a more alkaline environment in your gut. The balance of potassium and magnesium found in vegetables help maintain the more alkaline state that your body prefers.To learn more about the Importance of pH balance in your gut, Click Here


HOW TO ENJOY PERFECT FOOD:

Perfect Food Green Drink

– Easy to use powder form that can go with you when you travel

– Mix it with an 8 ox. glass of water

– Blend into smoothies or juices

– Add it to your yogurt or soup

When you want the benefits of juicing but don’t have the time Perfect Food is delicious and convenient.

Perfect Food contains every nutrient found in nature.

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